[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
Agents Shaw and McGregor are still at the cathedral from Driscoll’s story with Carnahan, who seems to be claiming that he is the Antichrist. Unfortunately, there isn’t a better explanation for what is going on. While the two FBI agents try to get answers from Carnahan, a man suddenly appears and attacks McGregor. As Shaw soon learns, this is a person from McGregor’s past. The man’s name is Patrick Nathan, and he went to McGregor’s high school. He often harassed McGregor for being gay, Nathan’s sins against McGregor escalated far past that point.
A Walk Through Hell #10 continues to live up to the series’ name with another issue that shows the depths of depravity that lies in humanity’s heart. McGregor’s past is far more tormented than one could have begun to guess, and Patrick Nathan lies at the heart of much of it.
Nathan is a predator and fiend of a high order–even if Carnahan still outranks him by miles–and Nathan’s ability to take advantage of McGregor’s vulnerabilities and compassion is chilling.
Shaw seems reticent to even learn about all of this without McGregor’s consent, and Carnahan keeps claiming that Nathan “isn’t one of his” throughout the comic, which makes it all a little more disquieting.
Goran Sudžuka’s artwork, as always, brings the story to life with disturbing detail. The horror of the crimes committed against McGregor and the disturbing world conjured by Carnahan are simultaneously absorbing and horrifying. Ive Svorcina’s color work drips atmosphere and terror all its own.
Once again, A Walk Through Hell manages to scour the depths of human depravity and the worst actions mankind is capable of. It’s a brilliant series and continues to surprise me with each new installment. #10 is no different, but it’s certainly a rough ride. Regardless, it earns a strong recommendation for those who can stomach it.
A Walk Through Hell #10 comes to us from writer Garth Ennnis, artist Goran Sudžuka, color artist Ive Svorcina, letterer Rob Steen, and cover artist Goran Sudzuka with Ive Svorcina.
Final Score: 9/10